Creating Cannabis Citizen Scientists Using Open and Community-Based Research Methodologies to Understand Cannabis Consumers and Patients in Massachusetts and the United States

30 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2020

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Marion McNabb

Cannabis Center of Excellence, INC

D. Steven White

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth - Charlton College of Business

Date Written: October 5, 2020

Abstract

Regulatory barriers prevent widespread availability of cannabis data in the United States (US). As legalization occurs in the US, assessment of consumer/patient population becomes increasingly important, particularly in newly legal states including Massachusetts (MA). Anecdotal and peer-reviewed evidence suggests cannabis effectively treats a variety of symptoms. With high regulatory barriers and a lack of research funding, there is a need to collect cannabis user data outside academically sponsored studies using “citizen science” methods, which have the potential to aggregate shared discovery while educating about cannabis.

Keywords: Cannabis, mental health, citizen science, marijuana, consumer wellness, opioids, cannabis education, ethics, research, regulation

JEL Classification: M00, M38, H00, I00, Q00

Suggested Citation

McNabb, Marion and White, D. Steven, Creating Cannabis Citizen Scientists Using Open and Community-Based Research Methodologies to Understand Cannabis Consumers and Patients in Massachusetts and the United States (October 5, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3743022 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3743022

Marion McNabb (Contact Author)

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D. Steven White

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth - Charlton College of Business ( email )

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